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return to normal. but the storm is closing in. the sailors settle in for what they hope will be an uneventful journey. with daylight fading, the flight home will be in total darkness and bitter cold. let's keep altitude at two hundred feet. may as well avoid these headwinds. we might even save some gas. thirteen hours since the camilla's engine died the cormorant finally touches down in st. john's. it's been the longest day of captain rakkola's life. it felt wonderful when the helicopter finally landed at the airport and we were able to walk
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>> bill: good morning fellow americans, and welcome to the "full-court press" this wednesday morning, february 13th. good morning. after the state of the union, good to see you today. we'll tell you all about that and other breaking news today. and, of course, give you a chance to get involved in the conversation. give us your point of view by giving us a call at 866-55-press. if you thought the president's inaugural address was good i hope you caught last night's state of the union address. he challenged congress to help build the middle class in america in many ways across the board by providing universal pre-school education, by raising the minimum wage by creating new jobs, by getting rid of loopholes for big corporations and by saving lives guy common sense gun safety measures. a great speech. we will tall talk all about it and get your calls.
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before we get to that we will get the day's latest from the lisa ferguson out in los angeles. good morning to you. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is coming off of his state of the union address last night. it was a big speech kicking off the start of his second term. a lot of people did hear what they wanted to hear from the president. obama made a big push for economic initiatives and the middle class saying he wants to raise minimum wage from 7.25 an hour to $9 an hour within the next two hours. he called for universal pre-school education for 4-year-olds in the country. but the most poignant moment of the night came near the end of president obama's speech when he made an emotional argument for more gun legislation. the president said gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote and the other communities ripped pass by gun violence. obama is call okay congress to vote. he says this is not the first
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time the country has had to reduce gun violence before after the murder of 20 young people and six adults is different. one that has bi-partisan support is gun trafficking, making the trafficking al federal crime. another popular measure calls for universal background checks. but the more con tentious issues involve reinstatement of the high company entity ban. more bill is up after the break. stay with us. [ music ] going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look
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[ music ] >> interesting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv this is "the bill
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press show." >> bill: any doubt about the state of the union? any doubt that president obama is pushing a very broad populous agenda? those doubts erased last night in a powerful state of the union. good morning, everybody. great to see you this morning. it's a wednesday morning. good morning after the state of the union address, wednesday february 13th, and it's so good to see you today. thank you for joining us here on the "full-court press." coming to you live on your local progressive talk radio station, how lucky you are you have got one. coming to you live on current tv for the next three hours and this hour only on serious xm, whether you are watching or listening, we value the fact that you make us your pick to get the days started. we know these are issues you are
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going to want to talk about. this is the speech you are going to want to talk about. it was powerful. major proud, major proud to be a progressive. made you proud to be an obama supporter, and made you pretty ashamed ashamed, i think, to be one of those republicans who just sat on their hands last night. 866-55-press is our toll-free number. if you want to weigh in, get on the air, get us your point of view. 866-55-press, or you can tweet us @bpshow. ends us your comments on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. what do you say? let's get started. introduce you first to the team peter ogburn and dan henning. as always, good morning. >> hey hey hey >> bill: phil back we can on the phones and cyprian boulding keeping us on camera and in focus. >> doing what he can. everything is blurry for us after a late night.
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>> bill: you always run that risk, but i've got to tell you and, you know, the thing about the state of the union, inevitably, suddenly a big breaking news story. it happened yesterday after this 5-day man hut for christopher dorner, the ex cop turned cop killer in southern california. he last was spotted or they thought he was up in the big bare area. sure enough, he surfaced yesterday, stole a car. let's let cindy bachmann tell us how the thing started. about 12 coat 30 yud afternoon. >> the victims of the car crash said that the suspect had stole their car t looked like him and his actions after stealing the vehicle led us to believe it was him. we have not confirmed it is him. >> he ran out with the stolen car, drove down the hill from big bear was spotted by
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california fish & game agents. all law enforcement was on the lookout. they exchanged gunfire with him. he jumped out of the truck actually, a pickup truck again and ran up the hill into a cabin. fortunately, a rental cabin that was empty. not occupied. broke into it and holed himself up there. >> that's when deputies surrounded him. he opened gunfire with these deputies, killed another cop, and then the police, they had him now. they cornered him. they closed in. somehow, somehow the cabin caught fire. he set it on fire. police set it on fire. it could have been one of those smoke bombs that went in to try to smoke him out. at any rate, and that's last we heard of christopher doerner. the police have not confirmed, but they have found charred remains of a body inside of the house, and they haven't confirmed that's him. and it could take a long time.
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>> to show you how crazy this story has been up until now. you never know what's going on. it's probably best to wait. >> bill: but it's over. >> yeah. >> bill: it's over. they got him and sadly, sadly, he took down another cop before he finally, met his end yesterday. but that was leading up to the state of the union, and as soon as the state of the union and mark row your yes were over, back to that coverage yesterday. so we are -- but we are going to talk mostly about the state of the union. we've got some great people in this morning to help us do that. nator tom harkin from iowa. find out what that great leading liberal thought about. jackie spear from the san francisco bay area will be here. a lot of the issues the president talked about last night, she has been talking about as well. and dennis van roekel head of the national education association will be here in studio with us. and, of course, your calls, your
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comments. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> also in other headlines making news on this wednesday, a sad situation and some really bad news for the heart attackgrill that sells unhealthy hamburgers. a customer who became an unofficial spokesperson for the restaurant died yesterday of a massive heart attack. >> what? >> the restaurant's owner immediately told abc news the man's family had a history of heart attacks. no word if he dad on the flat liner fries, the restaurant's tag line by the way, is "taste worth dying for." >> bill: remember, there was a customer who died there not so long ago or at least had a heart attack. >> one of the guys that was in the commercials that was a long-term customer who was maybe 500 pounds. >> bill: i think there is a message here right? hello. can anybody -- do you need a sledgehammer between the eyes to get it? >> well, i feel bad for this
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gentleman's family. you made your bed. you lie in it. >> bill: damn right. >> the first lady had quite the guest list at the state of the union last night. politic reports, where a dozen or so people including the mohawk man from the mars rover team plus apple ceo tim cook. also, a couple of wounded warriors and police officers and the parents of the girl gunned down in chicago after she and in the inauguration parade. >> bill: they were in the front row and got a huge standing ovation, deservedly. >> cash, credit or hash tag, courtesy of american express and twitter. the two companies have teamed up to allow people to make purchases using twitter hash tags. when you want to the buy something that has a hash tag purchase option, you tweet that the and if charges to your credit card tied to your twitter handle and than creates viral
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advertising on twitter when you tweet to everyone that you just purchased it. >> bill: what about your credit card information? talk about identity theft. >> it's not on your twitter handle. it's like the hash tag, the key word links to your twitter handle. when it feeds, you tweet it, it charges to your -- >> you know somehow it links to your credit card. >> it's an online thing. i am more concerned with the fact -- you know i like buying stuff online. i don't want everybody to know my business. why do i want to let everything know what i am buying and where i am? on twitter they check in. >> all of those porn tapes you are buying? >> right. exactly. never mind. >> bill: all right. yeah, i've got to tell you it was a buffo performance. i don't think we have ever seen a state of the union like it. it was sort of a combination
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preaching, combination almost like a black church revival, you know, at one point and the president really got into it. and it may be a combination scolding at times and combination really an inspirational, motivational speech on the part of president obama last night. he's matster of the occasion. it was an hour long. i thought it was a little too long. he needed a good editor i made a note in my notes. maybe could have chopped 15 minutes out of it. there were times when frankly, he lost me. but that's just making the point. overall, it was a very very powerful and a very persuasive speech, i think to anybody watching it. the president really laid out. this guy is not going to go off silently into the night. no. he is feeling his juice. he is feeling his power. he knows he's got a mandate. he's determined to use it. and i think what we saw last
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night that the president took the inaugural address where he just laid out the general themes of a second administration and he put flesh on the bones last night and said,er here are the things we have got to do to accomplish those goals i set forth in the inaugural address, it was a sweeping across-the-board agenda. he began by appealing to everybody in that room and to all americans, really that we have to work together. well, and first of all, recognizing that we have made a lot of progress. >> we have cleared away the rubble of crisis. we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong. [applause.] >> the state of our union is stronger, and it will get stronger yet. the president said if we put our shoulders to the wheel and, again, if we recognize that now is the time not for petty,
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partisan bickering. now is the time for governing. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. they don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> bill: the in case's interests before party. i noticed even john boehner applauded that particular line. then the president said what this is all about -- and his entire speech last night really was about the economy, about jobs, and how you get this economy going. the president said it many many, many times in the past. he repeated it last night. you don't grow the economy from the top, down. you grow the economy from the middle class, out. president obama, everything he said last night was how to build and strengthen america's middle class. >> it is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true
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engine of america's economic growth, a rising thriving middle class. [applause.] >> bill: and the president, so he talked about doing that in many, many different ways. he talked about doing it by creating new jobs by getting rid of the tax loopholes that encourage companies to relocate overseas, giving tax advantages to companies that bring the jobs back. he talked about it by -- we will get into this with dennis van roekel in the next hour, by universal, pre-school education. he talked about this by comprehensive, doing this by comprehensive immigration reform starting with a path to citizenship. he even talked about it by securing people's right to vote, which was a very bold thing and unexpected in the state of the union last night across the board, and one of the most dramatic things, he talked about it by saying we cannot continue to support a situation when there are people out there who are working and they are working
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full-time and they are trying to support their family but they are only getting the minimum wage and with the minimum wage they are still living in poverty. >> tonight let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in fofshth and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. [applause.]poverty and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. [applause.] >> $9 an hour democrats cheered for that. republicans did not. then the president of course and it was very late in the speech. i was wondering, boy, is he ever going to get to this but as dan pointed out, the parents of hadia pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who walked in the parade and was shot two weeks later in chicago, in crossfire -- gunfire from gang members, her parents were in the front row with the first lady last night. there were family members, the victims from newtown there and
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gabby giffords was there with her husband and the president said the most fundamental thing we can do is to protect our kids by common sense gun measures. he mentioned the things he has talked about closing the background loopholes, ban on high-capacity magazines and assault mags. he said they may not pass but this was the most powerful moment. >> parents, along with two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. [applause.] they. >> they deserve a vote. [applause.] >> bill: yes.
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gabby giffords deserves a vote. [applause.] >> the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of yourora deserve a vote. the families of tucson and blacksberg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. [applause.] >> bill: he is saying you have to pass an assault weapons ban? he is not saying that. he said you have a duty to at least vote up or down on that measure. john boehner was standing and applauding. he had to. i don't think we have ever heard a more powerful state of the union. we will see now what john boehner and mitch mcconnell do. what do you think in 866-55-press. 866-557-7377. sometimes we bitch and moan as liberals. last night should convince us, we backed the right horse.
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we got the right guy in the white house. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] >> on my next show, fashion savant carson kressley goes from dancing with the stars to dishing with moi, on say anything.
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[ music ] >> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: all right. now 25 minutes after the hour. president obama a very powerful state of the union speech. how did marco rubio do. let's talk about that, too. yes watch marco rubio. i just watched enough to know that i think all of the advance height about what a great job marco rupe rubio was going to do sort of fell flat last night.
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to me, he looked nervous. he looked not ready for prime time. >> yeah. >> bill: he looked stiff. and he certainly was -- >> thirsty >> bill: thirsty. what will be remembered most about his speech was i have never seen anybody do this. he is live on camera talking, and he takes a break without even saying excuse me just a second. reaches over off camera like this, grabs a bottle of water and then takes a stip without even saying excuse me and then puts the bottle back and then continues talking. amateur hour. i think he joins the ranks of christine whitman and bobby jindal who were supposed to save the republican party with a post state of the union. they ought to can those this those things. democrats or republicans just cancel because nobody watches. rose is calling from liganier indiana. what do you say? >> morning, bill. i liked that
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the president really took it flat to the congress and said you are on notice. you are going to let your constituents where you stand on issues. >> bill: yeah. >> caller: i think boehner is one of the things that he looked awful itchy in his seat. entails boehner has to remember, he is on camera every second. right? >> caller: right there with biden in the background. >> bill: yeah. >> caller: another thing i liked was i watched part of rubio like you did. i thought it was a flat message across the board same ol' same ol'. >> bill: yeah. >> caller: what they are not getting is if we do not make the investments in this country, it's like if you don't keep maintaining your home, it decreases in value. >> bill: absolutely. >> caller: you are not going to get companies to invest if we won't even invest in ourselves. >> bill: no. absolutely. no, very, very powerful point,
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rose. they don't get it. you know, rubio, first of all, he didn't even talk about immigration. everybody said he is going to be the savior because he is going to lead the fight on immigration. rubio, also, i might not point out voted against the violence against women act. he is not going to lead the republican party out of the wilderness. >> a big warm-up >> bill: tax and spend, tax and spend. tax and spend. >> this is "the bill press show." converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision.
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your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey, what do you say? it's 33 minutes after the hour now. here we are on this wednesday, february 13th. it is the full court press coming to you live your local progressive talk radio station on sirius xm this hour only and on current tv. and i guess you could just call me markco rubio. i will be right back. >> he is very thirsty. he should be sucking on ice chips or something. >> bill: i will be right back. >> that's not going to get old. my favorite part of the whole thing is how he sort of locked eyes with thecam. >> bill: he keeps looking at the camera. all right. we are talking about the state of the union last night with our team here this morning and joined by a good friend the founder, co-founder of the progressive campaign change committee, adam green, up early
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this morning. adam, good to see you. you guys have been doing great work, impressed with what you have built in a very short period of time. and so, i want to ask you about that. what was your win and loss record in the -- november 2012? i haven't seen you since? >> over 30 of our candidates won. we raised about $2.5 million for probationive candidates. 72% went to winning candidates. i remember we also made about 2 million phone calls and about 80% went to winning progressives. >> a lot better record than karl rove had. >> that's true. 1% or 1.29%? >> bill: i think about 1% return he got on his money for his investors. >> right. >> bill: he lost, i think, twell out of 13 senate races he was in or something like that. the number may be off a little bit. you had a great year for progressives, and, also, i thought the president made a great pitch for progressive
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agenda last night following up on the inaugural address in the state of the union. we have been talking about it this morning. want to get your take. there are a couple of clips we haven't played yet that he talked about, including on the war in afghanistan, ending the war, war and bringing half of our troops home by this time next year. >> tonight, i can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 american troops will come home from afghanistan. this draw-down will continue. by the end of next year, our war in afghanistan will be over. [applause.] >> bill: so with that with universal pre-school education with raising the minimum wage to 9 bucks plus, you know, more on renewable energy and on voting,sponding to the attempts to suppress the vote by taking a look at what we have to do to make it easier for people to
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vote, there was some bold stuff. didn't you think? >> all of that plus the emotional moment on guns. if i could sum up the progressive home hope and demand, hope for president obama in the first term, it was two things, put something big and ambitious out there. two, make the case. go around the country and make the case to the public. our theory is even if republicans are on the wrong side of their constituent back home which they are in almost all of these issues willing to do those two things, they will cave and we can pass actual progressive change. on all of the issues he made progressives proud. groups like ours 50%, it's incumbent to get his back when he does the right thing >> bill: do you think he did a good enough job, was bold nut without selling his program enough in the first term? >> no. i think the model for the first term was try to cut a deal behind the scenes as a first
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step. some out with a somewhat flawed negotiating position as a first step and rally the public around that flawed deal. that's not really the model for success >> bill: didn't work and i think he recognizes that right now? >> it's great to see him en boldhim emboldend. he asked congress to do it. >> bill: didn't call ted nugent in to say how can we work together. >> the guy with bold progressives say that. we have heard a lot of frust strolls from people who listen and watch the show that the first term of barack obama there was a lot of, you know let-down people. but if you look at what he said in his inaugural address and followed up on last night, it's good to know that, you know, he's got some of the progressives back. >> bill: i am going to come back to you on the gun thing and the politics over the gun. peter, i know we have been getting flooded with comments. >> lots of comments >> bill: check the social media again.
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>> on twitter @bpshow. karen says, you replaying the victims deserve a vote line from barack obama last night brought out goose bumps. ted nugent must have been going through gun withdrawal. done griffith said john boehner had that look on his face like when the laxative finally works. as soon as barack said minimum wage should be $9 an hour. and, also, on the marco rubio response, you really can't get away from the fact that he really made a gaffe by drinking his water in the middle of the speech. rhonda says obviously marco rubio needed water. he was choking on the snake oil he was trying to sell. fred wilder says i always get thirsty when ily. find us on @bp show.com. >> bill: i know you are already involved in some of the mid-term battles that we anticipate.
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correct? how big a factor do you think this call for comments and gun safety measures were played in the next round? >> i think it's going to be absolutely huge. and in a counter-intuitive way. democrats from rural states have been told, stay away from things like guns. we did a poll about a week ago in the red state of kentucky. 82% of voters there want criminal background checks. even on -- >> bill: kentucky. >> red, red kentucky mitch mcconnell, 50% to 42%. a little bit less but still the public is on our side even in red states. they don't want their kids being shot either. like there is nothing sacred about allowing criminals to get guns. >> that's why i said progressives have to get the president's back when he leads. we have 120,000 americans who have signed a petition of ours at gunownersforreform.com saying we will have the president's back.
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one is starring in a t.v. ad we have up in kentucky right now pressuring mitch mcconnell and pointing out that gun manufacturers have spent about $198,000 to get him elected. now, he is siding with him over the people of kentucky. it's important for us to go onnons and democrats can feel emboldend in upcoming lesions >> bill: it's interesting because mitch mcconnell is they call it, in cycle, i think is the inside-the-beltway phrase for somebody who is up for reelection. so he is up in 2014. >> considered the most vulnerable republican up on the senate side. >> bill: it would be so great to get rid of him. don't take it personally, mitch. we just hate you. he must by lindsey graham be worried about a tea party challenge? >> he is >> bill: he also opposed rand paul when is he was the tea party, not the establishment
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republican candidate the last time? >> can i offer an original thought people probably have not heard before? we cannot root for him to lose in the primary. if mitch mcconnell loses in the primary, that sends a message to all of dc that he just wasn't right-wing enough. we need to beat him in the general. we need to take him on, on everyish backhome hold him accountable a strategic initiative. we will see who runs. >> bill: who are the other -- we are getting ahead of ourselves here maybe. >> yeah. >> have you looked ahead to some of the other, let's say, lindsey graham? i mean are there other people that you are going to target republican senators? >> if we have an opportunity to lindsey graham, that would be great. we will probably focus a lot of our effort on the house where there are some great people running. we look for kind of outside decision the-- outs-the-box.
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you have a doctor, abi beara who will ran in california as well. we are encouraging people to think about now running against some of these tea party people. we raise millions of dollars and helped a lot of candidates get elected. i don't want to lose this opportunity. i want to give you something while i am here. our biggest success was elizabeth warren. i got you an elizabeth warren wing of the democratic party magnet on your filing cabinet. >> i love that. isn't that cool. i am a huge -- who is not a huge elizabeth warren fan? >> scott brown >> bill: scott brown. talk about somebody who is ready, we all said marco rubio showed he is not ready for prime time. she is. she was from the beginning. she ran an incredible campaign. you guys, i remember you were behind her early, early, early on. >> next to rand we raised her $100,000 before she decided to
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won. she was able to higher staff, get in office and do what she needed to do. proud of her. >> that's awesome. >> bill: i think she proved to be one hell of a candidate. really. she is going to be a great united states senator. i can't wait. she is on the banking committee. isn't she? >> she is. it will will be great to see her with wall street bankers. >> i am excited. i here she serves up a wonderful grilled wall street banker. >> bill: i had the fun a week ago i was speaking in massachusetts speaking to the bankers' association and it was the day that deval patrick announced his choice for cowen to fill in for john kerry so i wasability announce to the bankers association that the senior senator was elizabeth warren. >> small bankers or big bankers? >> small bankers.
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a lot are actually friendlier t adam green from the progressive campaign change committee here in studio with us. we will be right back and take your calls at 866-55-press. >> this is "the bill press show." billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com
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that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. >> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: twelve minutes before the top of the hour, if you will court fres with adam green from the progressive change campaign committee in studio with us.
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he never really shook that label of dead-beat dad. now that he is out of his cushy congressional job, he is now filing so that he has to pay or that he wants to pay less money. >> bill: god, cry me a river. right. >> yeah. >> bill: adam for the progressive change campaign committee, do you consider barack obama a true progressive? >> i wouldn't consider the first term barack obama a true progressive. i think he dealt a lot with the corporations. >> bill: or if he was, he was in the closet maybe? >> i think we can judge it essentially by one main issue in the second term which is does he cut social security, medicare or medicaid benefits. that was the one part of his speech last night that he didn't come through on. he liz beth warren came out with a statement right afterwards praising the speech but saying we need to fite the benefits
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programs and he inserted language separate from his prepared remarks that could be read a couple of ways but one could have you embracing social security cuts. we are campaigning on that this next month, and one of our main messages is: it's wildly unpopular, nobody wants social security benefits to be cut. this wonky term called the changed cpi is ut canning my granted ma's cost of living adjustment and robbing grandparents. >> i was at the briefing this week when jay carney said, afford, we will not raise the eligibility for medicare, which is good. >> uh-huh. >> bill: at the same breath, he says we still believe in this chained cpi thing, which is not good. >> a technic calling fix. >> bill: but it's not. it means benefits are definitely going to be cut. >> right >> bill: every time the president -- it's always fuzzy
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when he talks about social security and medicare reforms to entitlements because he also in the same breath will say but, you know, it's to maintain the programs and the strength of the programs and to protect those who are on these. but at the same time, it sounds like we are not sure. >> yeah. >> sounds like at the same time there are some cuts. >> the key word is benefits. and honestly, the media often get it wrong. they say are you willing to adjust entitlements. >> that's asking two different questions. one version of that is: would you be willing to reform medicare and medicaid to allow them to negotiate prices with drug companies and save taxpayers $130,000,000,000? >> reforming entitlements gnats way that stops corporations from ripping off tax players. >> that's something we can believe in. the progressive change campaign committee doing great work. it is boldprogressives.org. sign um up. 30 seconds to say, what is the
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agenda for progressives now? what would you -- what should we be doing right now? >> play smart defense on social security medicare and medicaid and go on offense. step one is guns making sure we get the president's back but we need to be big on jobs and should have zero tax cuts, all investment in actual putting people back to work. and another big issue is going to be campaign finance reform. it's never anybody's number 1 issue but it should be everybody's number 2 issue. every other fight, we are against the big money corporate interests. we are not going to pass climate control legislation, something on jobs and get something on guns in the next couple of years. >> good agenda. the president gave us a good agenda last night, too. adam green you are doing great work. good to see you? >> formerly invited to boldprogressives.org. >> bold progressive.org.
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[ music ] >> bill: good morning, everybody. what do you say? it is wednesday, february 13th, the morning after the state of the union address. so good to see you today. thank you for joining us on the "full-court press" coming to you live all the way across this great land of ours on current tv. bringing you up to date on all of the stories of the day, from the ex-cop/cop killer finally being tracked down and it looks like lost his life yesterday in mountains of southern california to the big state of the union last night. boy, if you thought the inaugural address was good, i hope you had a chance to catch the state of the union. it was a powerful powerfuling message where the president challenged congress to help rebuild the middle class in this country in many, many different ways. universal pre-school creating new jobs immigration reform, raising the minimum wage and saving lives by common sense meyers on gun safety. a powerful address. we'll continue to talk about it and take your calls here but
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first, let's get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson as always standing buy in los angeles. hey, lisa good morning. >> good morning, bill. good morning everyone. mixed messages from environmentalists coming off of the president's state of the union speech. obama gave on some indication he was ready to take on climate change, just not. he put most of the pressure on congress which doesn't look like it has any plans of tackling climate change any time soon. he said if congress refuses to act he will order a lot sees to come up with ways to address global ways. he gave no details what that could be and gave no mention at all to the epa. the agency is putting together regulations on power plants and greenhouse gases which should be at the top of the list when it comes to the president's agenda on climate change. also, last night marco rubio gave his counter address to the president's speech andposed the usual republican arguments to the president's plan. here he is.
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>> his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more borrow more and spend more. >> republicans say the proposals they heard from the president last night would require new taxes. obama advocated from raising the minimum wage from 7 do te 25 to $9 an hour by 2015 and appear $50 billion infrastructure program to repair the nation's bridges. but he called for bringing home nearly half of the troops in afghanistan which should save tax dollars spent in the war overseas. more "bill press" is coming up live after the break and we are in our chat room current.com/billpress. see you there. >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him.
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press show." >> bill: yes indeed, president obama last night saying the state of our union is stronger. and indeed, it is. good morning everybody. welcome to the "full-court press" this wednesday, february 13th. president obama following up on his powerful inaugural address putting flesh on the bones, so to speak and laying out a broad progressive agenda for the next four years. president obama, i think he is feeling his power, feeling his mandate, determined to use it to get some things done and to build a middle class in this country. great to see you today. thank you for joining us. we've got lots to talk about every aspect of the state of the union. we will continue to take talk about and take your calls at 866-55-press. join us by twitter and 7e send us your comments on last night's speech on twitter @bpshow and on
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backtrack, facebook.com/billpressshow. the president spent a lot of time talking about education, several different facets of that last night. so it's so good to welcome back to the studio a good friend of ours and a strong sponsor of our program, dennis van roekel is president of the national education association. hey, dennis. good morning. >> good morning. >> bill: teachers get up early. >> that's right. we've got places to go people to see. >> bill: get the classroom ready. it was really strong last night? wasn't it? we will get into the details but overall, it was a powerful speech, i thought. >> he talked about a lot of, you know. >> boy, did he? >> laid out an agend add and what a powerful ending. >> as citizens. i love that. most of of all, we are not democrats, we are republicans. we are citizens and we have a responsibility. >> he had a couple of topics he talked about, how can that be
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partisan? he is so right, when you are talking about building the infrastructure, how can that be a republican versus democrat issues? >> helping people at the risk of losing their homes? right? >> yeah. >> just to be able to refinance so they can stay in their homes? he said, how can that be a partisan issue? it was so good. >> he really did stress the all of us, all of the citizens. e puribus unum. i thought he did an excellent job of outlining his next four years. >> so dennis van roekel with us here for the first half hour to talk about the education components of the speech. joining our team, peter ogburn and dan henning and phil back we can and cyprian on cameras. last night, there were a couple of other stories out there. we've talked earlier about the ex ex-kopp killer. it looks like they found his
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charred bodies in the remains of the cabin last night. then there was this almost funny, unless you were on the ship, situation down in the gulf of mexico. a carnival cruise with some 4,000 people on board, one of those huge ships lost power so they can't navigate, they can't get the engines running but also they can't get anything else running on the ship. now, they are towing it to alabama. >> i don't know which is worse. >> he is say that because he is from alabama. >> it's not like you are walk into an indoor plumbing land in alabama either. >> the toilets don't work. one passenger was saying the odor is so bad, it's making us sick. there is vomiting and stuff all over the boat why from the odor. there is feces all over the floor. the toilets were working.
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they were handing out plastic bags to people so they could use the plastic bags for their bodily functions. >> it's horrible. >> bill: the head of carnival cruise last night had to somehow identify with the poor people on board the ship. >> no one here from carnival is happy about the conditions on board the ship. we obviously are very, very sorry about what's taking place. there is no question that conditions on board the ship are very challenging. >> bill: challenging. what a word. what a word. >> at some point, if i am stuck on that boat at some point, i am going to look out at the time waytime water and weigh my options t i could jump off of the boat. >> and be better off? >> you know, they know i jumped off. somebody would rescue mean >> bill: this is why i will never take a cruise. 11 minutes after the hour. yes, indeed we will start off with president dennis van roekel. senator tom harkin from iowa
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joins us in thenet next hour. congresswoman jackie spear from california. let's get right into it here. >> sure >> bill: dan and we will save the full court press maybe. >> for another day. >> bill: the president -- this is at least three different weeks he talked about education. he talked about universal pre-school. he talked about affordability for college education and he talked about high school students graduating with a set of skills to enable them to get jobs in this high-tec economy. let's start with this challenge on universal pre-school. here he is. >> i propose working with states to make high-quality pre-school available to every single child in america. [applause.] >> bill: is that realistic? and is it important? and is it doable? >> absolutely all three, yes. you know there is an owed adage that the best time to plant
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appear shade tree is 20 years ago and the second best time is today. >> that's how i feel about pre-school. it's the most important investment we can make as a nation. there is no research that doesn't demonstrate the power of that pre-school education. i often say there is no class in school that may has a wider range of ability that couldn'ter garden. some i don't mean from it. others, their life is a narrow curriculum. they have never had expose user or opportunities to learn those things. it's absolutely doable. every country in the world who does well on the international assessments do that. in finland they weren't number 1 in the world in 1990 and they had about 40% of their kids in pre-school. now it's 96% and they are number one in the world. >> that's not by accident. >> that dollar invested to pre-school does pay off? >> to the business people who want to know the return on investment, the roism, investing in pre-school education and education in a whole is the best
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investment you can use tax dollars for. it's the right thing to do and there's a way to do that and we ought to. >> today pre-school is available only to those like private who pay for it or -- >> correct. >> is there a public school pre-school available in some states? >> in some states, they are starting to offer that for the lower income families and that's good. but it just ought to be universal. >> bill: yeah. that's what the president is saying like greatsades 1 through 12. >> right. i think the federal government has a part to play with states. states have to invest in that also. there has to be a way the federal government can make sure every child has that. >> we are talking pre-school and then kindergarten? >> yes. >> bill: you are not starting at kinder garden? >> i am talking before. i think it should be three and four-year-olds myself. it's such a powerful thing. there is no family of means in america. they have a choice of whether or not to provide pre-school for
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their children or not. they all do. >> uh-huh. >>ient don't some of them choose not to? it's because it's a valuable, powerful experience for kids. why shouldn't all kids get had a? in a country like ours we ought to invest. >> bill: moving up to the grade levels, the president talked about and i am not aware of these programs. but again, some other countries and it may be some states have a special skill set kind of demands for people who graduated from high school. so that's important as your regular foreign language and math and english or whatever we all learn. there should be some computer skills to prepare people in this high-tech age. what's the status of that? >> we have some in this nation. there is one in connecticut that is just amazing. so kids go there and not only are they learning academics, which they need. >> right. exactly. >> but they also learn skills in
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technical areas. and it is did you -- what they are doing is graduating from high school with really skilled knowledge that you would normally get through junior college -- what a head start. >> that's where they want to go, there ought to be options. 23 this is what i choose as a career, let's make them ready to go into the work force, ready to work. it's a very powerful thing where we do it but we just do it in some places. you know, in this nation there is no absence of excellence in education. the problem is we have these little camp fires of excellence. you know, by definition a campfire is not supposed to spread. what we need is a brush fire. when we have an example of a comprehensive high school that provides technical education along with the other, if that's a good idea and it works, why in the world can't we spread that out and have every kid no matter where you live have that an as option. bill is this sort of merging what we used to call trade school with your classic amdemic. >> career and technical
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education. yes. >> bill: >> bill: i think people used to think you mentioned community college for that. right? >> right. >> you weren't expected to get it in high school. but the president seemed to be saying we have to start earlier now. >> absolutely. no matter what you do, it's so much involves technology. you know, when i was in college and beyond when i started teaching my second job. i worked as a mechanic in a garage and i don't think i can work on a car any more. the technology is that involved in cars now. i haven't oh, my goodness kept up at all in that area. bi there is at of training and knowledge that you have to have to operate in those fields. why not provide that? >> bill: by the way, that makes two of us. i worked in my dad's gas station, too. and we used to be able to do all kind of stuff. right? if i was in the hood of a car now, i probably couldn't find the distributor. you know what i mean? or the carburetor. may not. change the spark plugs? hell, i couldn't find them.
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>> that's what he has producers for. change his tiles rotate his tires. >> check the tires. >> yeah >> bill: college affordability. the president challenged congress saying we are not just going to continue to give people more money so they can pay heur higher tuition. you have to do something. >> i think teachers across this nation really really that touches them. we have many, many first generation college. i don't know what percent of teachers in their family are the first to attend college. if you work, you can make your way through. >> that's out of the picture. the affordability has gone through the roof. it's getting to the point that really you have two options. one, don't go. the second one is to have so many loans that you are burdened
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with debts when you get out. and the third option is to have wealthy parents. most of us don't have that. >> right. the romney approach. >> middle class parents ought to be able to send their son or daughter to college. we can't drive the cost up so high that it's just not available to the normal kid. >> the president talked about we are going to continue to do what we can, get rid of the middleman college loans, which he did. keep the pel grant and other programs going to make those available. but on the -- to put the -- shift the attention to the colleges, he talked about tying federal assistance to colleges on their keeping tuition down. right? how does that work? >> you know, the tuition issue, i remember reading one school in michigan where they said in 1990, 25% of their revenue was tuition, 75%, state aid. they said, now it's exactly flipped. 75% from tuition 25% from state
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funding. well, that is a formula for disaster. when you keep lowering your commitment of public funds that go into a university, they have to make that up through tuition, double-digit increases for the last decade. so i think they are going to have to find ways. states have to pick up their responsibility to invest in those, into education, higher ed included. and then colleges have to find a way to keep tuition down too. and i don't know the magic formula for that. but i believe if you don't weighlay that out as a problem you need to solve >> no one will talk about it or address it. >> bill: so did you expect to see a president in the state of the union address spend so much time on education? that must have been gratifying for you and your members? >> it was gratifying. if it would have been someone other than pompom, i might not have expected it. this man from the time he started campaigning back in 2008 has always talked about in education. in the debates with senator mccain, he was asked what are your top three priorities?
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the economy, healthcare and education. he has never wavered from that. i think he not only understands but he feels the power of education and what it means for not only individuals but for our nation, that you can't build an economy without going through the classrooms of america, that you can't build -- the personal sustainability of having a good life without an education. so he understands it, he knows it. he feels it and he has a tremendous commitment to it and it comes out every time speaks >> bill: education, big centerpiece of the president's state of the union address last night. your comments or questions to dennis van roekel president of the national educational association here at 866-55-press, on the "full-court press" this wednesday morning. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is "the bill press show." [ music ]
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>> this is the "full-court press," "the bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv >> bill: 25 minutes after the hour now here senator tom harkin joining us with his comments on the president's really, strong progressive agenda we heard in the state of the union last night. he will be coming up right after the break at the half hour. right now, we are visiting with dennis van roekel president of the national association. you hear me tell you often, you can check out their good work, all of the great teachers of this land at nea.org. dennis, always good to see you? >> good to be here always. >> bill: peter what's going on? >> on twitter @bpshow. lots of reaction to not only the
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president's speech but mark 0 rubiots rebuttal. rd copeland says when bright lines shine, deer in the headlights. rubio devoid of common sense. when is the g.o.p. going to realize giving the state of the union rebuttal is a career killer. just ask bobby jindal. the priceless look on paul ryan's face looked like damn this guy is good. we are on twitter @bpshow. >> bill: beendennis, what is the state of america's schools given the serious budget cuts at the local level? are schools able to keep up? i saw a study recently that disturbed me. we are nowhere near number 1 in terms of developed nations? >> you mentioned our number 1
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challenge. we don't have the resources they need. the last four years have been difficult. state budgets have been in crisis. it shows in education. we keep losing the adults who work there. i keep reminding people when you lose 250,000 people and not one less child is coming. >> losing that many teachers? >> yeah. we need to get them back. if this sequestration, across the board cuts, if that happens, we are going to lose a lot more. it's going to happen in march. >> that's when school districts traditionally have to prepare for the next year. some districts are projecting a 20% pink slip rate. that would be devastating to education. and the other part about education in america is it's not so much an excellence problem. it is an equity problem. if you take all of the students in america who go to schools where there is less than 10% poverty and the international
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assessment we are number 1 in the world. that's not good enough. we have to provide that for every child regardless of your zip code and we need resources to do that. teachers every day are doing everything thing. they need resources, programs and outside assistance to make that happen. >> bill: the president made it a prior to last night. let's hope that congress responds and certainly the good men and women are going to be there there. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say
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avert a crisis. we can stay with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong. >> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: here we go 33 minutes after the hour, wednesday, february 13th, the morning after the state of the union. president obama saying the state of the union is stronger because of all of the work that we have done the last four years. and now, he says the way to make it even stronger is to build america's middle class challenging congress to do that. and what i thought was had a very bold, progressive agenda that he laid forth last night there in the chambers of course, listening along with the other democrats and republicans in the house and the senate. a proud progressive, our favorite, tom harkin from eyeiowa who joins us on the news line this morning. senator, always good to have you with us. thank you. >> good morning, bill. nice to
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be with you this morning >> bill: so, the president, i thought he hit all of the right chords in terms of a progressive agenda? >> a lot of it, i liked, the middle class, that is exactly the right thing we should be doing. i might remind you on your show a bill, the rebuild america act. >> i remember? >> which had a lot of the stuff he is talking about in that bill. >> bill: yeah. >> so i think he is right on target. eve got to rebuild the middle class. but there were a couple of things that kind of upset me >> bill: you hum. >> bill, what is it? what entity is it that built the middle class in america, that sustained the middle class that allowed so many people to own their own homes and their cars, to send their kids to school and have a good middle class life and have a good retirement?
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one entity, organized labor >> bill: my answer would be labor unions. >> and not one word in there about if you want to rebuild the middle class, you've got to make it easier and better for people to organize and bargain collectively for their wages and for -- and for their conditions of employment. not one word about that. and to me, that is the crux of the problem is that people don't have any power. they don't have any power when you are out there on your job and you've got to have a balance. you've got to give workers more of a power to be able to bargain for things like their wages, for pensions, for and paid sick leave and things like that. people just are powerless i was just upset and saddened that he didn't even give a nod to labor
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unions. you know what? he wouldn't be there without labor unions and neither would half of our democrats in the senate. >> bill: you got that right. there was no word about the employee free choice act, which you have long championed and which the president championed when he was a candidate and four years ago, when he first -- his first state of the union, i forget what he talked about in the state of the union but it was certainly part of his agenda. >> yeah. >> i think he has a bunch of people around him at the whitehouse and they just don't understand. you know, they are sort of isolated. they are, you know, don't get me wrong. harvard graduates are fine but they are just -- they don't -- they don't come from labor. they just don't -- they just don't get it in terms of that aspect of our national life. and i wish the president reached out a little bit to some of us in the congress and asked us for some things when he was doing this you about i never met -- i
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haven't talked to one progressive senator that actually was reached out to about what should go into that state of the union mention. >> one thing that he did touch on, senator, he talked about, again, as part of a tu neighboring people or helping people, first of all, probing the middle class and expanding the middle class is doing something about those today who are still living in poverty. here is a quick clip from the speech. >> tonight let's declare in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. [applause.] >> bill: one time, he was talking about 9.50 an hour, i know, senator. but is that -- is that doable in this congress, do you think? only the democrats stood up last night. >> well, bill, i am grateful that he mentioned about raising the minimum wage. but last year, we had a bill last year in the last congress to raise the minimum wage to $9
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and 80 chants an hour. >> $0.80? >> and now, i have been working with congressman miller on the house side to reintroduce it this year, to bump it up to $10.10 by 2016. this isn't going to happen once. it will pass next year. >> that's the only time we pass these minimum wage increases during election year. takes three years to phase it in. under his president, we will have $9 an hour minimum wage by 2016. i think it ought to be at least $10, $10 and $0.10 an hour by 2016. look at it this way. the last two times we raised the minimum wage, it was raised 41%. one time. 39% the other time. his increase is only a 24% increase. i think the president was just too timid, just way too timid. i just got a little e-mail from a friend of mine, bill who is
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traveling around the world with his wife. he is retired. he is in new zealand and he said the minimum wage in new zealand is $13 an hour right now. >> yeah. >> i am happy the president mentioned that but he way undershot the raise >> bill: right direction but not far enough. what about the idea he mentioned of coupling increase with the minimum wage with the cost of living? >> that is excellent. that was in our bill last year. it's in the bill i am preparing for this year so that -- but you've got to have a good starting point >> bill: yeah. >> going to start low at $9 an hour, you are never, ever was going to get up min. you are going to be lagging way behind. that's why i said to one of his advisors on the way out, you know, i am upset about this minimum wage. he said, yes, i know. and he had heard, so i just want you to know, bill, that a number of us are not going to just sit by with $9 an hour. we are going to be proposing over $10 an hour minimum wage by 2016. >> bill: sure, because it does
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take, as you point out, it has to work its way in phases. >> now, rather than you think i am just dumping on the president, i will say one thing that he did last night, which is excellent and when he called for more investment in early childhood education >> bill: man? >> man, he hit the ball out of the park on that one. and that is exactly what we've got to do. and i am going to be working on the higher education act in my committee. he is right. we have to make college more affordable. we have to make it more transparent for families to know what they are getting in to when they go to college. >> bill: i thought we just had dennis van roekel president of the national education association in studio with theus senator senator, talking about those two things. the president hit on education in the universal preschool education, making college more affront affordable and that kids graduating from high school have a set of skills in this
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high-tech world, all three but particularly the pre-were imports? >> very important. and i saw arnie duncan on the way out last night, secretary of education. i said, that is great. is he going to put it in the budget? >> bill: yeah. >> he said, yes, he was. i said okay. i don't want just a bunch of rhetoric. i want to see some budget numbers in there so that wehen we do our elementary and secondary education act we can begin to build on his budget numbers for expanding early childhood education. i can't emphasize enough how much we need to do that in this country, get though these kids early in life. >> senate it almost became like a revival meeting when the president recognized the families of victims of gun violence who were in the chamber last night and then said that they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote on the common sense gun measures, gun safety measures that have been -- that have been proposed
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very, very powerful moment. do you think that congress got the message, republicans particularly in congress got the message? all he was saying was they deserve a vote. will there be a vote on these? >> well, bill, i agree with you. i thought that was a very powerful ending soared of speech and very emotional and all i can say is i hope the republicans will stop their filibustering. you know, i have been trying to change that filibuster for years. but we will see. i mean, i hope they got themessage for the good of the country. we will just see if they will allow us to have a vote in the senate. so, you know, the ball's in their court. we will see whether or not they are going to play play ball with us. and i don't mind. like the president said we don't mind if they vote against it but at least get a vote. he is absolutely right on that. >> bill: senator, i can't let you go without asking you. we always say it and mean it, that you're our leader.
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you are the one we have counted on so lodge for so many issues. them we hear the bad news to us that you have decided not to seek a sixth term in the united states senate. why are you leaving? why are you abandoning us senator? what's going on here? >> well, bill, i just, you know i just felt that after 40 years, it's time for younger people time for some new blood to come in. it's time for some of us to kind of step aside. and not to just hold on to the reigns of power forever but to give -- to step aside and let some of these new people come in and take over. you know, look. i am healthy. i feel great. i love the senate. i love my job. i just think it's time to step aside and i want you to know one thing, bill press, i may be leaving center stage. i am just moving to stage left. >> well, stage left is where we
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are so we will see a lot of you and i am sure we will hear a lot from you, too? >> i am going to be around. thanks, bill. >> thanks, senator harkin. we will messiss you and we are grateful for your leadership on so many years on so many great issues. tom harkin democratic senator from iowa. >> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." [ music ] >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current.
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>> good morning, everybody. twelve minutes before the top of the hour here we live. >> we do it live. >> bill: twelve minutes before the top of the hour as we sear here on the "full-court press" on wednesday february 13th. sorry we are a little wingy today. we all stayed up later than we normally do to watch the state of the union. but it was worth it. so here is the question: what was your favorite part of the -- senator harkin, by the way, not so excited. not as excited as i was certainly about the state of the union. i mean i must agree with him. it would have been nice if he would have said something. he is talk about jobs. i wish he had talked about the employee free-choice act. i still think despite the fact that wasn't in it, look at the fact that was in it, raising the minimum wage universal progressive child care.
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i mean universal pre-school. bringing 30,000 troops home from afghanistan, doing something about making sure people have the opportunity to vote in this country and fighting these, tax reform, closing loomholes. go on and on and on with such a laundry list of progressive reforms and ideas the put forth. 866-55-press the gun stuff was so powerful. we have been never heard a state of the union like that. i would have to give it an a plus. 866-55-press. and we have to talk about that lame excuse for a rebuttal on the part of marco rubio. i mean if he is the savior of the republican party, they are dead. they are did in the water.
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marco rubio couldn't get through a speech without having to abrupt and go off camera to get a water bottle because he was so nervous. so,pom president obama, marco rubio, 866-55-press. back to your calls. first, a quick reminder, as the president pointed out, a lot of people still not even qualifying for the middle class. need extra income at home. income at home.com and we have started. we talk about it for a long time. i wanted to recognize some of the people who have taken advantage of income at home.com like melissa, give a shout out to melissa today. she felt she was working too many hours for not enough pay. she decided to give it a try and right now, she says already she has doubled what she earned in her old job. she loves it. she stays home. she sets her own hours. she is home for her kids and she loves just earning money from her own kitchen table.
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way to go melissa. maybe another one of you on youut there can be the next about income at home.com. if you are sick of living paycheck to paycheck working long hours at a job you don't like, incomeathome wants you. >> that's incomeathome.com. you can be our next shoutout. peter, what have we got there on the social media comments? >> by the way, he we just tweeted out a link to dead sped, a lot of sports stuff. >> yes. >> they do some really good video stuff. they slowed down the mark 0 rubio water drink, if you haven't seen it where he stops in the middle of his rebuttal and reaches out of frame and looks at the camera. >> looking at thecam the whole time >> bill: it's sort of like my marco rubio, i'll be back. i am just going to get my water bottle here, and i am going to pick it up.
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>> keep looking at the camera. uh-huh. awkwardly drink. >> yes. not going to see. i am going to put the top on it now and put it back down here. as i was saying, the president doesn't do anything but raise taxes. >> you have to go watch it. you really can't fully appreciate the -- >> i mean amateur hour. >> carla from ann harbor michigan? >> good morning. thank you for taking my call. >> right. >> i love the president's speech. in particular the ending which i thought was excellent but i do agree with the senator. dealing from michigan, we are dealing with our so-called governor who made it a right to work state. >> yeah. >> caller: i will admit, i did want to hear something about organized labor. and these states they are destroying the states with right
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to work. >> bill: of course. >> i wanted to hear something. all in all i think the president did an awesome job and the ending, i thought was the best. >> bill: excellent. i don't mean to be critical of senator harkin. it's easy to point out at what was not in the speech but if we focus what was in the speech it was very powerful. i am a long-time, proud union member. union makes me strong. and on this this show 100% supported by labor unions. the president certainly wasn't anti-union last night. he just didn't use the phrase, didn't give a shoutout to labor unions which would have been nice but he did talk about jobs and he did talk about outgrowing the middle class, and he talked about so many other great progressive issues. i mean he has redefined what it means to be a liberal in this age of limited budgets and all liberals ought to be grateful
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[ music ] >> this is "the bill press show" >> bill: congress woman jackie spear with us the next hour here and john stantin for buzz feed will be here the entire hour as a friend of bill. we will tonight talk about and take your calls about last night's state of the union. it's a big day in asheville north carolina. every day is a big day in asheville, north carolina
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>> bill: my fellow americans, good to see you today, welcome to the "full-court press" this wednesday morning, february 13th. coming to you live from our nation's capitol, which is all abuzz today about last night's state of the union address by president obama. and if you liked his inaugural address, you have to love last night's state of the union. he laid out a very strong bold progressive agenda and challenged congress to help him build the middle class in america in many, many different ways by providing universal pre-school, raising the minimum wage, creating new jobs, getting rid of tax loopholes for big corporations, by making college more affordable and by making sure the people have the right to vote in this country and the vote is notspreads by republican legislate temperatures across land and, of course saving lives by common sense gun control measures. wow. what a powerful speech. we will talk all about it with congressman jackie spear and
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john stanton but first, the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning everyone. a lot of proposals frompot president obama's state of the union, some with a better chance of becoming law than others. , not expecting the government to solve every problem but he is calling on those in congress to come together. >> don't expect every one of us to agree on every issue but they expect us to put the nation's interest before party. [applause.] the president wants to tackle new gun legislation when he spoke of the american families torn apart by gun violence. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple
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vote. >> another important topic, the president brought up last night is that of higher education. he said taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize those costs and the government must do its part to lower the cost of a college tuition. obama is releasing a college scorecard based upon where you can get the most bang for your educational buck. we are live in our chat room. you will have plenty to say about the state of the union. join us after the break. more bill on the other side of the break. stay with us. [ music ] commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that
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press show". >> president obama tells the nation that our nation is getting stronger and is stronger and will get even stronger if we build the middle class the. to challenge congress to help them do that in the state of the union. great to see you is this wednesday morning, february 13th. it is the full court press coming to you live all the way across this great land of ours on your local progressive talk radio showtation all the way from san francisco to asheville north carolina. and good stops in between. coming to you live on current trademark t.v. we areo currently on t.v. good to see you. thank you for joining us. we've got a great line-up for you to continue to talk about the state of the union this morning in the chamber last night, i saw her cheering away congress woman jackie spear from california. hi, congressman. >> great to be back. >> good to be back.
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we are all looking good given we were up so late and working the state of the union john stanton, washington bureau chief from buzzfeed. >> john, how are you? >> a little hundred over. >> we don't party afterwards. we do a lot of news interviews >> bill: a lot of the intrudes? >> then you go home and crash. >>interviews? >> then you go home and crash. >> >> >> bill: i have been in the gallery and where most of the reporters are in that i forget? >> statuary haul. >> statuary haul. talk about a feeding frenzy >> bill: it is really. were you flu in statuary haul? >> i was. for us it's hard to tell sometime who is feeding on who. one time i was there, what struck me was that the president, i think this was president bush when i was in there but he was halfway through the speech. already members were coming
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oulth and criticizing the speech or talking about the speech and just things were all over. thinking copy but you would think the decentes decency. >> a little de-corum. we are short on that. there was a lot of speculation anticipation about the response to the state of the union by the new savior of the republican party. they are always looking for a new savior. mitt romney didn't do such a good job. so maybe mark yes rubio. the highlight of his speech had to be when he interrupted the speech. >> to take a drink of water. >> lean over, get his water bottle while looking at the camera. i have been doing marco rubio i am takes. i was going to for the third time. here is what it sounded like? >> the short time i have been here in washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false
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choices like one the president laid out tonight. the choice isn't just between big government or big business. >> actually, in the ms. is this what his speech is going to be remembered for? >> yes. >> bill: maybe a little nervous first time up? >> well, give him -- you know, you have to give him a break. it was his first really big debut. a lot's kind of running on, you know knocking it out of the park. and he, you know he is the obamaesque on the republican side, you know telling his story and we are going to be tired of his story by time he runs for president in 2016. >> jiverohn, they tried this before. they have him give the response to the state of the union, bobby jindal.
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>> bobby jindal sort of beginning to end was terrible. he looked almost like a kid inside of his dad's suit when he gave the speech. it was terrible. it was this one terrible moment become a viral thing on twitter. we did two or three points about it on our side. it is going to sort of dominate. i think when we think about the speech. but i don't think it will necessarily have the same kind of damaging impact on his reputation with jindal. >> he has time. the president, when he laid forth his agenda and he started out by laying the whole thing in the context, i thought of building the middle class, here is the president. >> it is our generation's task >> then, to reignite the true engine of america's true economic growth, a rising, thriving middle class. >> bill: depression woman, he
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talked about doing that in many ways. what was your overall response and reaction? >> i think for a progressive it was, you know, sunday afternoon. it was pretty spectacular. who talks about the minimum wage any more, to raise it to $9? who talks about clean energy. it became the last thing you would talk about. he is engaged. i think what happened was you had president obama unleashed. he was not going to be sensored by the 24 hour news feed. he was going to give to the american people exactly what he believes and i think we saw the true obama and his priorities so... >> bill: one of the things that surprised me, i was very pleased he talked about climate change as a fellow progressive. i was very pleased and not surprised he talked about i am griggs reform. yes expect him to get into
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voting rights and voting at the -- almost direct response to the efforts to suppress the vote by republicans the last time around. you know, he took it head on. had that woman there who waited six hours to vote, 102 years old. >> wasn't that a stunning moment. >> it was a bold venture on his part in the right? to get these two lawyers together and say let's come up with some ways to make it easier to vote? >> right. >> instead of making it harder to vote? >> he signaled that in his inaugural inaugural. no one should have to wait in line for three or four hours to vote. >> that's so andy american. >> yeah. so john, your take? >> the biggest thing about the speech was clearly, there was an inauguration that represented two part thing. >> mostly social and this was mostly on economic issues and both were very i think, progressive and liberal in terms
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of where he was coming from, you know as congresswoman said when was the last time anyone seriously considered raising the minimum wage and sort of made that a platform. that has been something no one wants to talk about. i thought it was interesting he did that >> bill: he was talking jobs and manufacturing in north carolina. this was something else that was a specific? right? that there is this one manufacturing hub, i think he called it in ohio, that's had a lot of success. he wants to do 15 of those. this is a whole new venture congresswoman. >> it's addressing the fact that, you know, we had putnic so we had to have a race to the moon, and, you know, we have china that has just sucked all of the jobs. you know, the idea that we have resourced 500,000 johns, the idea that tim cook was there an apple is going to be making the mac in the united states again.
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>> he mentioned that. >> yeah. rebuilding america by making it will in america is a very powerful message. it's one the democratic caucus and steny hoyer have been pounding on. i do a making in america exhibit at the county fair every year and have companies from throughout the region show what they can do right here in america. >> bill: the most powerful moment certainly came toward the end of the president's speech. i was in the gallery last year. this year, i washed it from home with carol. and i turned to her and said he hasn't mentioned guns yet. did i forget it? must have skipped a page. but boy, when he did, it was powerful? with the parents of the 15-year-old girl from chicago, so many from newton connecticut, gabby giffords. he said they are are the ideas i mentioned. it's not too long but it's
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powerful. >> parents mave and cleo are here along with more than 2 dozen americans with who's lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. [applause.] >> they deserve a vote. [applause.] >> bill: yeah. >> they deserve a vote. [applause.] gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. [applause.] >> the families of it tucson and blacksberg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violencetion they deserve a simple vote [applause.]
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>> bill: it sounds like obama, the preacher. does he get the vote? do you think. >> he's got to get the vote. we have to make sure that there is a vote. there is a lot of expectation that there is going to be a watered-down bill going to come to the house floor. we've got to have an assault weapon ban vote a high-capacity magazine vote. we have to have a universal background check vote. all of those deserve to -- the american people deserve to know where their members of congress stand, pure and simple. >> the president say you can vote against it if you disagree with it, but at least have the manhood, let's say, to vote. right? >> although i think on one level, it seems he was lowering a little bit the expectations. saying move past these things and last night let's have them vote which is much more, as you say, sort of a put your cards on the table. >> bill: a threshold? start with a vote.
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>> the white house and harry reid in the senate have look at this issue of something that's going to be almost impossible. i don't know harry reid can get an assault weapons ban. i don't know there is enough in his conference to get it over the floor. everybody involved in this sees a potentially defining moments for 2014 so where you can say if you have these votes, this guy voted against it or his party voted against it. >> your point, at least get them on the record. right? i want to ask you related, by the way, your calls welcome here on the stayed of the union, which parts you thought were particularly strong what struck you of where he scored or maybe what he failed to mention. violence against women act not to get lost. we talked about it passed the senate overwhelming vote. >> every woman in the senate voted for it.
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every republican woman in the senate voted for it. >> bill: 22 republicans in the senate joined democrats to vote for that bill. now, will it get a vote in the house? >> it has to get a vote in the house. the republicans are trying to remake themselves. if you remember the first bill they brought up in 2013 i mean in 2011 was hr-1, defunding planned parenthood. they spent 50 weeks going one bill after another that was anti-woman. they are trying to remake themselves in terms of women, in terms of latinos and they are not going to not bring this bill up. the issue is ridiculous, the reason why they are reluctant because they don't want white men who go on to tribal ground. >> and rape native american women. >> right, to be subjected to the rules of that tribal government. >> john, yesterday, 17 house republicans sent a letter to john boehner saying we should
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bring this up for a vote. if those my count, what i have read, if those 17 republicans, if you had a vote is enough to pass it through the house. do you think boehner can resist bringing this up to a vote? >> he can resist bringing a senate vote up yes. >> all right. i hope they can get something to the house. accept what the senate does and have the final vote where it is sort of, you know, with a hardful of those who come on and help pass it. the speaker still has this sort of idea he doesn't want to do things on that narrow of a margin of republicans even if he is willing to have a majority of vote that is based off of democratic votes, i don't know that he is willing at this point to really go to having -- to be
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the speaker that uses all of the democrats and only a few of his guys to get something on the floor. >> this is a bi-partisan bill back in 1994. it has always been. >> yeah. >> this is an easy lift for any member of congress. we don't haven't domestic violence in our communities. we don't want to not have the resources there for those who are victims of domestic violence. >> several times opinion different issues he was why should this be partisan? we should agree with this. it seems to me this could have been on that list as well last night. it's the full court press here on this wednesday morning with congress woman jackie spieir from california and buzzfeed. welcome your calls. be right back. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] documentaries... on current tv.
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[ music ] >> this is the full court press, live on your radio and on current tv >> bill: 25 minutes after the hour here with the full court press this wednesday morning, morning after state of the union, john stanton for buzzfeed. he is in studio with us this entire hour as a friend of bill. another friend of bill here for this half hour honored to have congresswoman jackie spier in the studio as well. on the violence against women act, i want everyone to know that mark yes rubio voted against it yesterday. for somebody who wants to run for president in 2016, i thought that was a pretty risky vote on his part.
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he said he did because he doesn't like the provision that would extend the protection against women to native american women on tribal lands. >> that's that about. >> that's about him messaging to the far right. if you go into someone else's country, you are subject to their laws. what makes us think that we are not going to be subject to the laws of the tribunal government if you are going to go there and commit a felony crime. >> white men go on native american lands rape a native american woman and then the far right wants them to be what? above the law or not somebody to the law? >> i guess >> bill: the tribal laws? >> it's like an extradition to the tribals to bring them back on to the land. the ironic thing, there hasn't been an argument for it that american native american should have the same protections or however you want to put it.
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to go into a county. in the county. >> i think it's an absurd argument to say either undocumented workers here or native person in women or women in lgbt relationships should not enjoy the same protection. i don't know how you make that argument. on the guns issue, congresswoman, you are carrying that on the house floor? >> a special order, one hour. we are putting our sites on the n resident a. we are going to go through a historic reference of how they have undermined the laws of this country year after year with amendments to appropriations bills by making the alcohol, tobacco and firearms director actually confirmed by the senate which historically it never was. as soon as that happened, you leave them without a directive for seven years. the efforts to prevent liability
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for any of the manufacturers of guns, it's pretty -- pretty impressive when you see how successful they have been over a very shored pert of -- short period of time guns the task force starting at what time on the house floor? >> point of adjournment. so whatever 5:30, 6:30 eastern >> bill: watch c-span. congresswoman jackie spieir. thank you for comeing in. >> my pleasure. >> john stanton, stay around. >> this is "the bill press show." going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of
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"the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> all right. it's 33 minutes before the top of the hour here on the full court press this wednesday morning, february 13th, and we have been -- we have been talking a lot about the state of the union. we wrought in john stanton from the buzzfeed we can talk about anything, our washington bureau chief, john good to have you with us. peter ogburn back in studio. >> now that we have gotten rid of the polite company we can act like animals. >> the state of the union, we barely covered it the president put forth such a broad agenda. peter has maybe the biggest story of the day. >> nobody does it better than us apparently
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>> bill: in washington. >> in washington, d.c. ashley madison for the second year in a row unleashed their least faithful cities in america. number 1, right here in washington, d.c. more cheaters, more extra-marital affairs in washington, d.c. than anywhere on the planet? >> for those who don't know? >> must be per capita. >> for those who don't know ashley madison is an e-mail for married people to log on, find other married people who you can have an afford with and nobody is going to tell. what they do is they look at when are all of their registered users are. last year, the site said washington had a registered 38,000, more than anywhere else. that was in 2011. >> not just per capita. >> that was in 2011. in 2012, it went down a little bit to 34 if you took the number
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of congress off, would we be number 1. >> people in washington don't know how to go have an affair. people who are registered on ashley madison or whatever are also like -- think of the reporters that have probably gone and registered to see if there are any members of congress. it has to be at least 10,000 reporters that have had that idea. >> david petraeus wasn't on ashley madison. we might be bigger than we thought. one other serious, serious story that actually rivaled the state of the union was this manhunt in southern california k ex cop turned cop caller christopher doerner yesterday reservicing after laying low in the
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mountains around big bear. and from what we know, it looks like they finally, got him. he cornered himself in a cabin. somehow, the cab ivan caught fire. he did not leave that cabin. they say they found a charred body inside. people have not identified that body or confirmed it was christopher dorner but what a strange ending. sadly, sadly in a gunfire fight yesterday. he killed one more cop before they were able to surround this cabin. what a strange but scary -- it reminded me -- i don't know if you were here all living in fear. >> that's the way it was in southern california these last few years. >> a sub said of people the washington sniper everybody was afraid. related to police officers one
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of the stories has been this sort of weird narrative, push particularly on cheering on this guy. i have noticed this. there was when we did a story on these, there were like two or three protesters this is sort of an interesting thing a similar type of thing with redolf was his name. he did have churches providing him food and shelter while he was hiding in the woods of north carolina where big donors had a couple of sort of crazy looking an arkansas anarchists >> bill: anybody with any sense, any responsible person said dorner was a murderer, a cop killer and no sympathy no reaching out. no victim at all.
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>> it wasn't half california cheering dorner on. if you look at team doerner which one idiot started and a bunch of people started chiming in saying what an idiot he was. he was trying to make it into something bigger than it was. >> but it looks like it is over. i am sure we will find out today for sure. i think we know what the answer is. and one other story that captured my attention, not being a sports fan but the international olympic committee decided they needed a program for the summer olympics was too crowded. a lot of candidates for what might go, including golf, including bad midmitton, including tae kwondo table tennis and modern pental on n and they voted to drop wrist listing.
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>> one of the original events. >> back to spartan. >> buzz feed. >> olympics dropping. wrestling is the oldest sport, the oldest sport still popular today, it was part of the first reinvigorated games started in yen 96. how did they make this decision? a friend of mine on the wrestling team in the university of iowa. television ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy, et cetera. okay. participation. maybe more than you want to know about this.
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167 active national if i % hadrations. archerie 1 three 9 equest-iran 10 through. penta lon, 104. coverage in the 2008 olympics, wrestling, 29 and a half million people globally. fencing, 24.3. bad mitton. even tinnitus was 26 million. wrestling more than all of the other sports but wrestling gets whacked. i don't know if there is any way to turn this around. golf in the summer olympics as a sport. >> got is not a support. it is not. >> i don't understand? >> the thing with the ribbon. >> rhythmic dancing. >> that's a weird one.
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>> what if they had their entrances music and they made it professional instead of greco roman wrestling. >> the entire olympics would speed up. >> we have linda mcmahon. >> that's right. >> she could win. all right. say hello to joan from lake ariel pennsylvania. good morning. >> good morning. how are you doing? >> i am good. i am curious. are you talking about wrestling? >> are you a professional wrestler. >> or extra-marital affairs? what did you call about, joan? >> what i called about was the inauguration. >> state of the union? >> right. and i just want to say that i loved all of it first of all, and second of all i feel that
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he really would have said more if he was, you know, allowed to in the sense that he could have he is such a man of ethics. nobody is perfect. out of all of the presidents we have had i feel he has such a high moral ground that he comes from and works from. & they won't allow him to do what he wants to do. >> bill: you think he held back actually? hum? >> caller: i feel -- i feel that he's always been holding back because he's coming up against so much resistance and
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obstruction from everybody around him because of who he is. >> bill: got it. joan, i appreciate the call. on her point, i think president obama was holding back a lot in the first term. i have the impression now he is sort of letting go a little bit. maybe joan is right and didn't as much as he wants to. certainly to me it looks that he is ready to be bolder and push more than the first term. do you agree? >> i think he clearly -- i i think the white house has given upo of whatever pretense they have of a relationship with the hill. came from tom dashels and some
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folks from kerry's if's. all of you would have thought this good relationship the last four years fighting with hill trying to marginalize them. >> let's talk about this. he kept getting stabbed in the back. i he finally, said screw it. john stanton from buzzfeed. it's buzzfeed.com. and the rest of the bill press team. we'll be right balk. >> radio meets television "the bill press show." now, on current tv. [ music ] >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current.
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>> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the bill press show. >> bill: twelve minutes before the top of the hour now on the full court press this wednesday morning, the morning after the state of the union and other important events here in washington, d.c., senate can't forget the importance of that passing. i will have a parting shot about that next actually passing the extension of the violence against women act by a very lopsided 78 to 22 vote. i wonder how mitch mcconnell voted. we know marco rubio voted against it. i imagine mcconnell, up for re-election may have voted it to appease the right-wing in his party. john stanton washington bureau chief for buzz feed at buds
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feed.com. among at a time -- >> yeah. we are on twitter @bpshow. we have senator tom harkin on the show earlier who said he was not thrilled that the president did not mention labor unions. >> bill: he was pretty upset. >> he was upset about it. a couple of other people chimed in on twitter saying they were upset the police departments did not talk about. tim well borne said the drone operations obviously would have been nice to have heard that. >> bill: he did reference it indirectly, i thought, when he talked about we will do -- i have it in my notes. we will do whatever we need to do to continue to track down people who are targeting this country. we will do so in keeping with our principals and our moral values or something like that. i mean i thought he was clearly talking about drones. now. >> chris hinkey also on twitter says that he did not do as much on mental health as he would have liked to have heard because we have all of these kfshs
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between the relationship between gun violence and mental health and wanted to here a little more of that. >> again he did mention it i am pretty surear a little more of that. >> again he did mention it i am pretty sure. >> she is saying he did mention it. she wanted to hear a little bit more about how it ties in with the gun violence argument. >> that's deep water to get into in a state the union i think. >> scary when the government starts talking about mental health, they automatically, the easiest solution is let's have a registry of people that are schizophrenic or bi-partisan, which -- by pollar which i think becomes a tenuous constitutional answer but going to be poplay with people to say we know where these potentially dang ruz people >> bill: the easiest thing to do, i think on the morning after a speech is to list the things that were not in the speech and ignore everything that was in the speech. i mean there were so many ideas last night in that speech that my head was spinning. and i said earlier, i think he
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could have used a good editor and it may be chopped 15 minutes out of it. >> it was already an hour. >> it was already an hour. so there was an awful lot in there. so, yeah, i can probably make a list of things that i thought should have been in there, you know. he didn't talk, for example, about importance of being a locavore, the importance of eating your own food. people do that now. he didn't talk about the pot laws in colorado and washington state and whether the 23r58 government is going to recognize state rights when it comes to pot? >> it's true. >> how dare he not talk about -- >> nothing about dc statehood >> bill: god, what a lousy speech. he didn't talk about wrestling but cyprian from washington, d.c. wants to talk about wrestling. >> are we going to let cyprian on here? is this our cyprian? >> yes. had you hi, bill. >> first time caller, long-time
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listener. >> i have this real quick. wrestling, they should have wrestling in the olympics. i am upset with the fact that they have done this and they should have this as an olympic sport. it makes no sense to me that you can twirl a ribbon and be an olimpian, you can jump on a trampoline -- excuse me -- trampoline and be an olimpian. it makes no since that this support, which i have loved since high school is now not an olympic sport. >> you look like you could have been a wrestler, cyprian? >> i am. >> do you want to wrestle? >> i will put you on your back any time. >> bill: still going strong. all right. cyprian, i am telling you don't give that man a mike. i agree with cyprian. i think it's outrageous. are we going to see any more
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coming together, as a result of the state of the union, john? >> no. you know, i think that, you know, if you look at the big issue that they might be able to do, immigration, that's clearly not going to happen. it's like, no. if you look at like the waive. >> not even that? >> labrodor, a latino from idaho, immigration laura has come out strongly against the pathway to citizenship, other than dreamers, that may get done for kids who are here but i still am sort of sticking by my notions this is going to be the 112th congress all over again. >> another due-nothing congress. marco rubio didn't even mention immigration last night. surprise, surprise. hey, john, great to see you? >> good. >> buzzfeed, buzzfeed.com. great, great site, covers everything including politics, including washington. so, check it out several times like we do here at the "full-court press."
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[ music ] >> the parting shot with bill press. this is "the bill press show." >> we talked a lot about the state of the union last night for sure but one other important thing happened yesterday. senate passage of the violence against women act. yesterday, 23 republicans joined 55 democrats to renew the violence against women act by a lopsided 78 to 22 vote. yes, in 19 years, the violence against women act has done a lot

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